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Published May 11th 2016
Outside the Box, Inside an Old Myer Store
What used to be an old Myer store in the heart of Fremantle has been given an artful make over. Self described as a 'space activation project', the cavernous space that was once filled with off the rack clothes now hosts a collection of different sellers. From artisan hat makers Kate and Abel, to retro upcyclers like Saltwood designs, you can even get authentic steampunk jewellery, or a bespoke surfboard. Want a haircut? A coffee? A casual game of ping pong? You're sorted.
It's a crowd funded project that is the first of its kind in Australia. With a retro, avante garde vibe that captures the essence of Freo, Many 6160 is as much an experience as it is a retail outlet. A lot of the work is art, and there's a blurred line between art and sellable goods.
Not all of it is local, not all of it is artisan, and not all of it is new. Some stores feature select second hand goods, some feature a honed skill by a local artist. What unifies the stores is the combined desire to bring something different. It's a visual art space, a community hub, and distinctly different. If Target just doesn't do it for your retail needs, then MANY 6160 is for you.
For more information about the individual stores, visit their website. While you're there, check out the page 'Why Fremantle?' which has a great rundown of places you might like if you're into this.